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CHICAGO — Ephraim Martin has been asking Chicago, and asking Chicago, and asking Chicago, for years to honor Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the first permanent non-indigenous settler of the land that became Chicago. He’s been asking for nearly 30 years. He’s asked the city to erect a 25-foot statue of DuSable, and to create a DuSable city holiday. He also wants Lake Shore Drive renamed for ...

"The Unwilling" by John Hart; St. Martin's Press (384 pages, $27.99) ——— John Hart, the author of six New York Times bestsellers, makes his mark again with the raw, intimate story of a family rocked by the Vietnam War and drugs, prison and the profound love at any cost that only blood ties can inspire. The patriarch is a detective in a rural suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina. The hero (and ...

Friends, it's been a long winter. Treat yourself to a new paperback, ideally from a local bookstore (they've had a rough season too), and greet the spring. Here are six that should hold your attention, even if the sun peeks out. "Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret in French Cooking" by Bill Buford (Knopf, $17, available March 30). As we ...

If things had gone a little differently, Naima Coster would be a physician right now instead of a much-honored bestselling author. And while that likely would have been great for the world of medicine, it would have been an enormous loss to the world of literature. Coster, who just turned 35, is the author of the novel "Halsey Street," which was a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for ...

This is a story about achieving financial solvency! (Sort of.) Discovering creative independence! (Painfully.) And finding personal satisfaction! (Eventually.) This is a story about how you can lead the life you always wanted! Become your own boss! And though you might not always feel secure — and who does? — act now and you will find some measure of peace for those restless nights. There is ...

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North Carolina released a joint statement on Tuesday from its men's basketball players and managers apologizing for breaking COVID-19 protocol Saturday night after the Tar Heels' 91-87 win at Duke: "Saturday night, a number of players and managers — not just the ones shown on the video that was seen — got together to celebrate our win at Duke. Our intention was to celebrate privately within ...

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